NBA Rumors: Lakers Almost Signed This NBA Veteran Before Rajon Rondo Buyout

Published 08/28/2021, 11:40 PM EDT
Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) reach for a rebound in front of Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) in the third quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers are stopping at nothing. The LA-based franchise has taken its first-round exit from the NBA Playoffs 2021 to heart and is leaving no stones unturned to improve their unit. Notably, the Lake Show has already acquired four former players in Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, and Dwight Howard.

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But that’s not it. Chances are high that Rajon Rondo can become the fifth former Laker to rejoin the unit after a gap. Now, this whole thing turns even more interesting with the breaking that Rondo’s benefit is a zero-sum game for an NBA vet.

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Rajon Rondo to Lakers means a dead-end for Isaiah Thomas

4x NBA All-Star Rajon Rondo last played with the Lakers for two seasons and won a title with them in 2020. Now, after the Clippers cut him in a trade, the 35-YO reached a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies. This has suddenly shifted the Lakers’ focus from acquiring Isaiah Thomas to getting their hands on Playoff Rondo.

Interestingly, a place for Rondo would mean no space for Isaiah to rejoin his former team. Yes, Isiah Thomas had last played with the Lakers in 2017-18 when Rob Pelinka had given away Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavs for IT, Channing Frye, and a protected round 1 pick. 

However, Isaiah’s time at LA remained very short, as he could contribute to just 17 games. And now, his bid for a comeback also seems to be going null.

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On May 7, 2021, the Lakers lost a crucial game to the Blazers that forced them down to #7 seed. That 101-106 loss came at a time when the shorthanded Lakers did not want to participate in the play-in tournament. It was the time when the Lakers’ duo was far from reaching 100% fitness and they desperately needed some help.

DENVER, CO – APRIL 10: Isaiah Thomas (0) of the Denver Nuggets and the bench watch as the players on the court take on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 99-95 win on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

That’s when Isaiah Thomas saw an opportunity and extended his help to the struggling organization. However, the Lakers had then turned a blind eye towards the request, further leaving IT’s comeback chances hanging by a thread. 

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The star point guard last played with LeBron in 2017, but his injury issues forced him out. Now, he has just three games worth of experience from last year and the Lakers away from his reach. Now, although the Lakers fans love Isaiah, do you think he will ever be back in the golden uniform? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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